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Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

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Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Hi all, I need your help clarifying something please! We are travelling to Chiang Mai in a few days until March 4. I've seen that the Lantern Festival in CM was taking place at the end of the Thai Year which is usually in November. However, some people told me there was also one taking place in March 2. Thing is I can't find anything about it, no links, no website... Help a girl out here, is there any Lantern Festival taking place in Chiang Mai in March? Yes or no?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

It is in November.

Chok dee

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2. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

The "Lantern Festival" is called "Yi Peng" and coincides with "Loy Krathong" and takes place around November (dates fluctuate due to lunar cycle). There is no such festival in March. The next big festival is "Songkran" (Thai New Year) in mid-April.

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3. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

"However, some people told me there was also one taking place in March 2."

They are correct. March 2 happens to be the Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese calendar.

Not sure how Chinese Thais celebrate it, though.

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4. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Could you be thinking of Makha Bucha Day? This is a Buddhist holiday, which this year, falls on March 1st. It does involve night-time candle-lit processions.

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5. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Just to clarify, the "night-time candle-lit processions," are part of the evening worship in the temples. It's a religious ritual than a procession.

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7. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Hope that helps. I am also doing my reasearch and planning to see the lantern featival. That is what i found.

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8. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Skylar - There are lots of threads in this forum on Yee Ping, with much better information than the blog you mentioned. That post had quite a few wrong details and misinformation, which is often an issue with bloggers who visited a place only once in their life.

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10. Re: Lantern Festival 2018 in March or November?

Fangky - nice job promoting your travel agency with a less than accurate blog post about the festivals.

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